Hunting for Leopards: Long Run Country Income Dynamics in Africa

36 Pages Posted: 16 May 2008

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Jorge Arbache

University of Brasilia - Department of Economics

John Page

World Bank

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the country-level dynamics of long-run growth in Africa between 1975 and 2005. We are primarily interested in examining how growth has affected mobility and the distribution of income among countries. We analyze changes in the cross-country income structure and convergence. We also look for evidence of the formation of country groups or "clubs". Finally, we use a novel method of breaking up the growth histories of African economies into medium term spells of growth accelerations and declines to see if a group of African "leopards" - the regional equivalent of Asia's "tigers" - is beginning to emerge.

Keywords: GDP per capita, Growth, Sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: O11, O47, O55, O57

Suggested Citation

Arbache, Jorge and Page, John, Hunting for Leopards: Long Run Country Income Dynamics in Africa (May 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1134095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1134095

Jorge Arbache (Contact Author)

University of Brasilia - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Asa Norte
Brasília, Distrito Federal 70910-900
Brazil
+ 55 61 8194 4529 (Phone)

John Page

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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